I am putting this thread on just as a forum tribute to all of our great troops who are missing the holidays with their respective families right now. A very minor tribute to all of our brave soldiers who are putting it "on the line" for us here at home and our country.
Sergeant Daniel Kachmar is home for the Holidays but, he is going through rehabilitation right now having been injured in service to our country.
Daniel is a local young man who is now back home with his Dad.
I have talked to his Father once or twice (on past occasions) without knowing (at the time) that he had a son serving in the Marines.
So presented above is a photo of Marine Daniel Kachmar & his obviously proud Father.
Daniel was wounded twice. The first one "just for practice" and the second was gravely serious.
Daniel entered the military immediately after graduating from Northgate High School in 2002.
He wanted to do something important with his life...and he sure did.
Daniel was assigned to Afghanistan twice & one assignment in Cuba & then volunteered March 2005 to serve in Iraq.
His unit was not going to Iraq so he transferred from the Third Battalion ~ Sixth to the to the First Battalion ~ Sixth & headed over to Iraq.
Daniel caught a IED that exploded so close to him that he should not have been left alive. The fact that he was as close as he was to the exploding bomb was actually the only thing that spared his life.
He now faces many months of Rehab.
Without going into any specific details as to his injuries...I'll only say that he was injured quite badly.
This Marine has been spending MUCH of his rehab time staying in close touch with another family in my area who lost a Son in Iraq in October. Sergeant Daniel Kachmar is an amazingly selfless young gentleman and the finest sort of American.
I am extremely proud of him though I have never met him.
Thank You Daniel. Thank You Dad Joe Kachmar for raising such a fantastic kid. Thanks To All Who Have Served In The Past & Thanks to all who are now serving.
Some of us will never forget your service to our country.
Any Forum member that would like to drop a quick Christmas Card or a note of support in the mail to Daniel may send it to:
Daniel Kachmar & Family
85 S. Bryant Avenue
Bellevue, PA 15202